Family New World Blackbirds (Icteridae)

Least Concern

Yellow-rumped Cacique (Cacicus cela)


French: Cassique cul-jaune German: Gelbbürzelkassike Spanish: Cacique lomiamarillo

Parus Cela


, 1758,

“in Indiis”; error = Suriname


Hitherto treated as conspecific with C. flavicrissus (which see). Monotypic.


Lowlands E of Andes from Colombia (including Caribbean coast near Santa Marta), most of Venezuela, Trinidad, and the Guianas S to C Bolivia (Santa Cruz) and S Brazil (Mato Grosso do Sul); also, coastal E Brazil (Pernambuco S to SE Bahia).

Descriptive notes

Male c. 28 cm, 98–114 g; female c. 23 cm, 65–73 g. Male is mostly black with slight bluish gloss; lower back, rump, uppertail-coverts and rear abdomen... read more


A common call is a warbling “k’weu”; alarm call a series of harsh “kwack... read more


Forest edge, gallery forest, second growth, savanna, plantations, and pastures with large trees or... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and other arthropods, small vertebrates, fruits and nectar. Stomach contents include caterpillars and Orthoptera. Fruits taken... read more


Breeds throughout year (but rarely in May–Jun) in Suriname, Nov–Jan in E Brazil (Pernambuco), and at least Jun–Sept in... read more


Generally resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widely distributed and rather abundant, but overall numbers thought to be decreasing due to habitat loss. Suffers a certain amount of... read more

Recommended citation

Fraga, R. & Elliott, A. (2019). Yellow-rumped Cacique (Cacicus cela). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 7 December 2019).